The symptoms of a heart attack can differ for men and women.
A woman who recently survived a heart attack with her experience to show others how the symptoms of the sometimes fatal event can differ for men and women.
The woman, who is only as Twitter user @gwheezie, took to the social media platform on Sunday to share her story, which is what they later realized were the signs of a heart attack.
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“I want to warn women us heart attacks feel different. Last Sunday I had a heart attack. I had a 95% block in my left anterior descending artery. I live because I called 911. I never had chest pain. It was not what you read in pamphlets. I had the af and weeks,” she started in a tweet, which has garnered more than 70,000 likes and almost 40,000 retweets as of Thursday afternoon.
“The pain ran across my upper back, shoulder blades & equally down both arms. It felt like a burning and painful. I thought it was really a of the muscles. It was not until I broke down in the pouring sweat and started vomiting that I called 911, ” she continued.
The Twitter user went on to say that she is a “nurse, and an elderly woman, who initially thought she was in pain, because she had strained muscles, while helping a friend clean out her barn.
“I took Motrin and a hot pack on my shoulders, I almost died because I didn’t call it, pain in the chest,” she wrote.
“The day before my heart attack I drove 6 hours to help my mother, who lives in another state. I thought that I would have to go to a dr but I had to help my mom, who is 90 & I should just tough it out, because it was really not bad,” she continued.
The symptoms of a heart attack may differ between the sexes, and, according to the Mayo Clinic, women are “more likely than men to heart-attack symptoms related to chest pain,” which is a common sign of a heart attack.
Neck, jaw, shoulder and upper back pain can be a sign of a heart attack in women, such as abdominal pain, the Mayo Clinic says. Shortness of breath, pain in one or both arms, nausea or vomiting, sweating, and “unusual” or extreme fatigue are additional signs.
In total, about 735,000 people in the u.s. suffer a heart attack each year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Persons with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or who smoke have a risk for developing heart disease, which can lead to a heart attack. In addition, people with diabetes, a poor diet, or who are overweight, among other medical conditions, are also at risk of having a heart attack, according to the CDC.
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In the last of the series of tweets, the woman wrote she was “lucky” to have survived.
“I was lucky, I had no idea what hospital to go to, the female doctors who picked me up and took me to a hospital that does cardiac caths, I had 4 stents placed, one hour after I get to the pitch. That was Sunday. I was fired the don & to my daughters house & back to tweeting,” she added.